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Can a Gas Heater Work During a Power Outage?

Severe winter and spring weather here in Connecticut can have a real impact on our lives – especially if that weather results in a power outage. The question is, will your gas-powered furnace work when the grid is down?

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Beware of Late Season Heating System Problems

Well, we’re heading into the homestretch of winter 2018/2019, with a short February yielding to the first month of spring next week.

Fireplace

The Advantages of a Propane Fireplace

Most of us love sitting in front of a warm fire on a cold night (we’ve had a few of those over the last month!) – It’s something we humans have been doing for a long, long time.

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Four Ways to Keep the Warm Air inside Your Connecticut Home

You pay to heat every square inch of air in your Connecticut home during the winter – which means you want to keep as much of it IN your home as possible. The question is, how do you do that?

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How Do I Check Propane Levels in My Tank?

If you are a Hocon “will-call” propane customer (that is, if you schedule your own propane deliveries rather than letting us do it using automatic delivery), one of the most important tasks you have is to monitor how much propane is in your tank throughout the winter.

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Time to Replace Your Propane or Natural Gas Furnace? Watch for These Five Warning Signs

With proper maintenance, a propane or natural gas furnace can last a decade or two – but that number can vary quite a bit within that range based on how the equipment was chosen, installed, and treated over the years.

Q and A

Carbon Monoxide Safety Q&A

If you have an appliance in your Connecticut home that burns fuel – and, living in Northeastern U.S., you probably do – then you really need to know about the potential hazards of carbon monoxide.

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New Year, New Fuel: What the Latest ULSHO Changes Mean for You

It was a change that happened without a lot of fanfare here in Connecticut last summer, but one that will have a significant impact on the environment – and on your wallet – this winter and beyond.

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New Year, New Home: Home Efficiency and Comfort Resolutions for 2019

The New Year is here, and with it come this year’s resolutions. Why not make a few that will make your Connecticut home life easier, safer, and more comfortable?

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Should I Replace My Water Heater?

Your water heater works hard behind the scenes in your Connecticut home to provide hot water for all your appliances and taps. But like any machine, a water heater won’t last forever.